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'''''Playboy''''' is an American men's Lifestyle magazine|lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude Model (people)|models (Playmates), ''Playboy'' played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises|Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with a presence in nearly every medium. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special #International editions|nation-specific versions of ''Playboy'' are published worldwide. The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by notable novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir...
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